Listening & Responding
At its core, Grand Belmont is about reflecting its site and feeling at home within its context.
These images and short videos have been photographed, edited, and curated to faithfully communicate Grand Belmont's design themes, elements, and surroundings.
Our efforts focused on four project design principles:
Grand Belmont and its neighborhood have a notably dual relationship. Approached from downtown, the building expresses solidity and prominence. Approached from the Central Eastside, it's human-scaled, blending with its surroundings. This is intentional.
Grand Belmont's form responds to the buildings immediately north and south. Its podium lines up with the roofline of Pour Sports. Its midsection aligns with the U.S. Laundry building, while the upper level aligns with the roofline of the now-demolished Oriental Theater.
Grand Belmont's design details—the corner quoining of the brickwork, the inset window groupings, the two-story expression for the building base—comprise a pattern language adapted from the adjacent buildings, creating a neighborhood with a shared design history.
This shared language is further expressed through Grand Belmont's materials. Its brickwork is the big story, supported by elements like exposed concrete, black metal canopies, and recessed black ceiling detailing in the lobby and shared amenity space.
A story of context
Less about making a huge statement, Grand Belmont was intentionally designed to blend, to feel one with its surroundings while contributing to the site's history. Our photos and videos reflect this different, contextualized approach.
We set out on a blended process for this work: One part from a first-person perspective, as if someone were exploring the neighborhood and photographing it. And one part formal, capturing Grand Belmont's solid confidence with richly textured views of the neighborhood.
Planning & Principle Photography: